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[IP] Fwd: A Strong Supporter?

>Many thanks to Columbia, South Carolina's WNOK-FM's "Morning Rush" radio 
>program for being good sports in the fight to cure diabetes.  PLEASE STOP 
>This morning, thanks to you, the radio station received more than 400 
>emails and many faxes.  As a result, Senator John McCain was asked the 
>following question:
>"Senator McCain, in New Hampshire you said you would issue a written 
>statement in support of finding a cure for diabetes.  But you haven't done 
>it yet.  Why not?"
>To which McCain replied (this is a paraphrase of his remarks and not a 
>direct quote):
>Look, I support finding a cure for diabetes, but these people want me to 
>sign a statement calling for a tripling or a quadrupling of the diabetes 
>research budget.
>We have this institute called NIH that oversees all research funding and 
>for political reasons I cannot support that.  This is a decision that is 
>best left to the researchers and administrators at NIH.
>Look, we have a serious diabetes health problem with Indian populations in 
>Arizona.  You would be hard pressed to find anyone in the Senate with a 
>more pro-diabetes record than mine.  But absolutely, as President I will 
>work for and support efforts to find a cure for diabetes and to help 
>people with diabetes.  (End of response).
>Although Senator McCain asserts that you would be "hard pressed" to find 
>anyone in the Senate with a better record in support of diabetes, within 
>the last year Senator McCain:
>Was one of just 7 Senators to not vote for the Collins Amendment in 
>support of DRWG and finding a cure for diabetes.
>Was not among the 39 Senators to sign a letter to Senate Appropriations 
>Chairman Arlen Specter in support of DRWG and finding a cure.
>These were the two major ways for Senators to publicly show their support 
>for DRWG and finding a cure for diabetes last year.  Unfortunately, 
>Senator McCain did not support either one.
>While it's great that our question got asked, Senator McCain's reply is 
>similar to what we've been hearing from Washington for years.  "I support 
>a cure, but not the money needed to find it."
>We are now planning our next steps.  For now, we are looking for advocates 
>in the key primary state of Michigan and other states where candidates are 
>campaigning.  If you will get involved, please contact Tom Boyer, our 
>chief organizer of this effort, at email @ redacted
>Many thanks for your support!  We'll be back in touch soon.

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